A battle of undefeated, top tier programs takes center stage when the VCU Rams and Baylor Bears clash at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament Wednesday. Though it has only happened sporadically, VCU always plays the Big 12 tough with the Rams covering in their past five against the conference. The most recent of these games came last year in March Madness when the 10 seeded Rams took Oklahoma to the limit.
- The total has gone OVER in 3 of VCU’s last 4 games as underdog.
- Baylor is 2-5 SU in their last 7 games against teams with winning records.
- The total has gone OVER in 10 of Baylor’s last 13 games as a favorite of 1.5 or less.
This VCU team looks largely the same as the squad that made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament last season. There is no specific standout player on the VCU squad, but the committee approach has worked with eight players averaging at least 7.3 points per game. Though their competition has not been great so far, VCU is outscoring opponents by 19.7 ppg.
Unlike VCU, Baylor had to replace several key starters and have done so with transfers. Manu Lecomte, who transferred from Miami, is leading the team in scoring with 16.7 ppg while shooting 50 percent from the field. The player you need to keep an eye on is 7-footer Jo Lual-Acuil who has averaged 10.7 points, 10.0 rebounds and 5.3 blocks through his first three games with the Bears.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
If you were backing the VCU Rams in this one, their betting line was listed as 1.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at BetOnline.
VCU Rams vs Baylor Bears Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Baylor Bears currently sport a 3-0 record overall in NCAA basketball action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 1-1 ATS. The VCU Rams are 3-0 and 1-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Baylor Bears produce a 0-2 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the VCU Rams have gone 1-1 against the totals betting line.
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Baylor Bears rated this week at No. 26 and the VCU Rams sitting at No. 27.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The battle between the Rams and Bearcats didnt turn out to be much of a battle at all as Binghamton was handed a 81-42 defeat on Friday at Siegel Center.
Baylor got 19 points from Manu Lecomte en route to a 81-72 victory over Florida Gulf Coast on Friday at Ferrell Center.
- VCU is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- Baylor is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Next Betting Matchups
VCU home to Princeton, Tuesday, November 29th
Baylor at Sam Houston State, Wednesday, November 30th